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Defence Science Expert Committee – Independent Member

Location: London +

Date Posted: 12/02/2019

Closing Date: 14/03/2019

Vacancy Description

The Ministry of Defence is looking to appoint up to 3 Independent Members. You will be independent of the Ministry of Defence operational activities and have the ability to apply intellectual rigour in support of the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA).

Membership of the Defence Science Expert Committee (DSEC) is an important and exciting opportunity to contribute to UK-led Defence Science and Technology. DSEC is the MOD key source of independent advice on non-nuclear science, technology, engineering, analysis and mathematics issues. It is an Expert Committee reporting to the MOD CSA and supporting the derivation and delivery of the Department’s Science and Technology Strategy.

DSEC comprises an Independent Chair supported by up to 10 Independent Members drawn from senior academic and industrial communities. All are specialists in a branch of science, engineering, technology, humanities or medicine of relevance to defence and security and have proven ability in working on Boards or Committees. Senior MOD officials, including CSA, keep the Committee abreast of developments in MOD and facilitate contacts within MOD.

The primary role of DSEC independent members is to provide independent, objective, timely advice and challenges, based on their own knowledge and experience. They are appointed in a personal capacity, not as representatives of their employer or any other organisation. They are all security cleared before being appointed allowing them access to sensitive material

Person Specification

Areas of expertise of particular interest are:

  • Space
  • Platforms Systems Engineering (Military Platforms)
  • Cyber

We also welcome applications from other disciplines and from candidates who can demonstrate they meet the selection criteria for the role.

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure suitable independence from the MOD, former MOD employees (including its Agencies and the Armed Forces) may not normally be considered for appointment to Committee until at least one year after their MOD employment has ceased

Essential Criteria:

Academics or professionals with Industry experience, a proven intellectual capacity at the highest level and a willingness and ability to challenge the status quo and advise senior staff at all levels of an organisation.

Evidence of delivering:

  • Fundamental research and new thinking in science, technology, and engineering
  • Innovation in thinking, and the application of research to wider contexts, and programmes
  • Impact of technology and ideas to business or social outcomes.

The ability to bring to bear:

  • Strong, collegiate interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with committee members and senior stakeholders and to actively and constructively contribute to discussions.
  • From their respective areas of expertise; authority, knowledge, and breadth, to complex and multi-faceted issues of defence relevance.
  • Logical and objective thinking to critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate evidence and information from diverse sources and identify key issues and make effective impartial and balanced decisions.
  • The ability to challenge established thinking and provide insight and a different way of thinking about problems related to the future of defence.

Desirable Criteria:

Fellowship of one or more of the following:

Registered Academic body

Additional Information

Up to 3 DSEC Independent Members are being sought who can bring their science and technology experience to bear on defence policy, strategy and uptake of S&T outcomes as well as challenge and provide insight into the S&T commissioned by CSA’s team and delivered via The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the broader defence industry. We invite applications from across the academic and industrial communities.

The new members will need to be able to demonstrate a good understanding of how science, technology and innovation across the supply-chain can be brought to bear on to the needs of Defence and the Armed Forces and will need to provide strong evidence of a number of core skills within a specific area.

How to Apply

Please complete the attached Expression of Interest and Diversity Information form and return them along with a copy of your most recent CV to: DST-Strat-DSECOffice@mod.gov.uk  (preferred method), or by post to: DSEC Secretariat, Defence Science and Technology, Main Building, 6-D, London SW1A 2HB.

For further information or if you have any queries about these appointments please contact the sponsor department using the above e-mail address.

MOD applies Equal Opportunities principles to its public appointments and particularly welcomes applications from women and ethnic minority groups

 

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